Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit to visit Russia

May 2014 Patriarch Neofit, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is to visit Russia from May 23 to 29, the church’s governing body the Holy Synod announced. This is Neofit’s second official “peaceful visit” – in the terminology of the church – abroad since he was elected Patriarch in February 2013.   The visit by Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit to ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Calls for Peace on Christmas

25/12/13 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit held Wednesday his first solemn Christmas mass at the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia. Neofit wished “peace and blessing” to all Bulgarian Orthodox Christians.“The church is happy today: the Son of God has been born; the promise has been kept, we are not alone any longer, but God is with ...

Public prayer for spiritual unification is to be held in Bulgaria’s St. Alexander Nevski cathedral

6/8/13 Sofia. A public prayer for spiritual unification and moral transfiguration of the Bulgarian people is to be held in Saint Alexander Nevski cathedral on the occasion of today’s Transfiguration of Jesus, announced the press center of the Holy Synod. The public prayer is to commence at 6:30 p.m. local tome and it comes after a request ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Worried by Political Turmoil

August 2013 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit has described the current situation in Bulgaria as worrying, assuring he prays for God’s mercy. “The situation in Bulgaria is disturbing”, Neofit told reporters, commenting the 50 days of ongoing anti-government protests in Bulgaria. The exact measures needed for overcoming the current obstacles and for managing the situation in the country are ...

Varna Metropolitan Bishop Kiril Buried

11/7/13 Varna metropolitan bishop Kiril, who was found dead on the sea beach nearVarna on July 9, was buried on Thursday. The funeral was attended by clerics, laity and officials, including President Rosen Plevneliev. “Very bad things happened in Varna since the beginning of the year,” Plevneliev said at the funeral. He referred to the self-immolation of protester Plamen Goranov, the recent local elections – which war ...

Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected

  9/7/13 The dead body of Varna metropolitan bishop Kiril, a former interim Patriarch and one of the most powerful members of the country’s senior clergy, was discovered near Varna on Tuesday. The body was discovered on a beach in the exurban area of Trakata. Prosecutors suspect foul play, according to the Bulgarian National Radio. Bishop Kiril was born as Bogomil Petrov Kovachev on ...

Bulgarian Patriarch: Leaders should serve the people

By Clive Leviev – Sawyer of The Sofia Globe 6/7/13 Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit says that God puts people in positions of leadership not to satisfy their personal ambitions and goals but to be their servant. Neofit, elected Patriarch of the church in February 2013 at the time of the earlier protests that were mobilised around cost-of-living ...

Bulgarian Patriarch: Kids Need to Know More about Orthodox Christianity

19/5/13 Bulgarian kids should have the opportunity to learn about their Orthodox Christian heritage, stated Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit. Sunday Neofit extended an address to the clergy and people of the Church on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the restoration of the Bulgarain patriarchy. The message, read out by bishop Naum, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod, made a strong case ...

Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria receives delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church

On February 26, 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with His Holiness Neofit, Patriarch of Bulgaria, and members of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Patriarchate. Participating in the meeting were Metropolitans Dometian of Vidin, Kiril of Varna and Veliki Preslav, Joseph of America, Canada and ...

Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti congratulates Patriarch Neofit

26/2/13 Bulgaria's Chief Mufti, Mustafa Hadzhi, has extended congratulations to Bulgaria's new Orthodox Patriarch Neofit. "It is an exceptional honor to me to offer the most sincere and heartfelt congratulations on behalf of all Bulgarian citizens practicing Islam and me, on the occasion of your enthronization as Bulgarian Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan," Mustafa Hadzhi's letter to Bulgaria's ...

Patriarch Neofit:The Cross is Heavy

25/2/13 Heavy is the cross that God and our Holy Church are giving me today, but in God's words I trust and ask him for strength for when I am weak, then am I strong, Bulgaria's new patriarch said. Patriarch Neofit delivered his first address to the Bulgarian Orthodox Christians during his inauguration at St. Alexander Nevsky ...